The Silent Night Chapel is a famous tourist attraction in Oberndorf near Salzburg. This is where the famous Christmas carol “Silent Night, Holy Night” was performed for the very first time. Today, the Silent Night Chapel is a historic attraction for people from all over the world. This humble chapel charms visitors of all ages, especially during Advent.
On December 24, 1818, Joseph Mohr gave the lyrics he’d written for “Silent Night, Holy Night” to his friend Franz Xaver Gruber. Gruber set the text to music for two solo voices and choir with guitar accompaniment. A commemorative mass is celebrated every year on December 24, at which the Christmas carol “Silent Night, Holy Night” is sung in several languages by the congregation and honoured as an event that brings all nations together.
During Advent, visitors can find select handicrafts and artisan items at the idyllic Silent Night Christmas Market. In addition, every year you can also use the Silent Night “Sonderpostamt” (special post office) to mail your Christmas cards directly from the site of this beloved carol’s first performance to anywhere in the world.
You can visit the Silent Night Chapel as part of our Singing Silent Night Tour. On this half-day tour, you’ll receive a musical welcome at your hotel. Join soprano Dana Hammett on a musical journey of discovery to the site of the very first performance of this most-famous Salzburg Christmas carol – musical surprises included!